By Paul D. Bowker | July 19, 2019, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

As you settle into your weekend, Team USA athletes are getting ready to compete all around the world. Keep track of the biggest events and how to follow them on Team USA This Weekend. 


U.S. Fencing Stars Take On World ChampionshipsEli Dershwitz competes at the 2019 FIE World Championships on July 17, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.

 

U.S. fencers are seeking a parade of trips to the podium as the individual tournaments come to their conclusions this weekend in the FIE World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

All four U.S. men’s foil fencers are ranked among the top 11 and drew byes into the round of 64, including two-time Olympian Race Imboden at No. 2. Joining Imboden are No. 6 Gerek Meinhardt, a three-time Olympian; No. 9 Alex Massialas, a two-time Olympic medalist; and No. 11 Nick Itkin. The individual medal round is Saturday. Imboden, Massialas, Meinhardt and Miles Chamley-Watson, who teamed up to win a bronze medal in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, will combine in the team event starting Monday.

Two-time Olympian Lee Kiefer is ranked No. 6 in the world in women’s foil, which reaches the medal round Friday. Other Americans include two-time Olympian Nzingha Prescod and 2012 Olympian Nicole Ross. Men’s epee also wraps up Friday.

Women’s saber and men’s foil conclude the individual finals Saturday. Mariel Zagunis, a four-time Olympic medalist, is back in the world individual tournament in women’s saber for the first time since 2015. Eliza Stone, a bronze medalist in the 2018 world championships, is ranked No. 5.

Team competitions start Sunday with finals in women’s epee and men’s saber. Courtney Hurley, a two-time Olympian and 2018 world bronze medalist, and 2016 Olympian Kat Holmes will lead the U.S. women’s epee team looking to defend its world championship. Also on the squad are Anna Van Brummen and Isis Washington.

The first individual medals were awarded Thursday, in women’s epee and men’s saber. Competition continues next week with women's foil and men's epee team finals on Monday, and women's saber and men's foil team finals on Tuesday.

TV: 5 p.m. ET Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Follow along on social: International Fencing Federation on Twitter, USA Fencing on Twitter and Race Imboden on Instagram.



Quota Spots On The Line For Diving At FINA World Championships
Amy Magaña competes at the FINA Diving World Championships on July 17, 2019 in Gwangju, South Korea.


The final weekend of diving competition in the FINA World Championships includes the men’s 10-meter and women’s 3-meter individual events in Gwangju, Korea. Quota spots in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are at stake.

David Dinsmore and Brandon Loschiavo are competing in the 10-meter. Dinsmore placed sixth in the 10-meter in the world championships two years ago. Brooke Schultz and Sarah Bacon are competing in women’s 3-meter.

Entering the final two individual events of the world championships, the U.S. had picked up five Olympic quota spots with another four possible. Delaney Schnell’s bronze medal in the women’s 10-meter on Wednesday marked the first world championships medal won by a U.S. diver in the 10-meter in 14 years.

At the same time that diving finishes, the world swimming competition cranks up with the men’s and women’s 400- and 4x100-meter freestyle finals on Sunday.

The U.S. women’s water polo team, which is seeking its third consecutive world title, swept through pool play and opens the quarterfinals on Monday. The U.S. men head into the crossover round on Sunday.

Medal events in synchronized swimming include team freestyle on Friday and mixed duet free on Saturday.

Diving TV: 2:30 a.m., 7:45 a.m., 11 p.m. ET Friday, 2:30 and 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel

Water Polo TV: 6 a.m. Friday, 1 a.m. Saturday, 1 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Synchro TV: 9:30 a.m. Friday, 4 and 6 a.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel

Swimming TV: 9 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Follow along on social: FINA on Twitter, USA Diving on Instagram and Maddie Musselman on Instagram.



Simone Biles Is. Back At The U.S. Classic
Simone Biles looks on at the Superstars of Gymnastics event on March 23, 2019 in London.


Simone Biles, a four-time Olympic gold medalist who is the first woman to win four world all-around titles, headlines a stacked field in the U.S. Classic, which takes place Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

The competition is the final women’s qualifier for the 2019 U.S. Championships, and for those already qualified, it is a final major tune-up prior to nationals, which begin Aug. 8 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Among those joining Biles in the U.S. Classic are her 2018 world championship-winning teammates: Morgan Hurd, Kara Eaker, Grace McCallum and Riley McCusker. Biles is seeking her fourth U.S. Classic all-around title. Hurd was the 2017 world all-around champion and won the bronze medal in 2018, in addition to a team gold medal and floor exercise silver medal.

Others competing Saturday include two-time world championships silver medalist Jade Carey, 2016 Olympic alternate MyKayla Skinner and 2019 American Cup champion Leanne Wong.

The event is also a selection event for the 2019 Pan American Games. Eight women are competing for five berths on the Pan Am Games team: Hurd, McCusker, Eaker, Wong, Sloane Blakely, Aleah Finnegan, Shilese Jones and Sunisa Lee.

TV: 7 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Follow along on social: USA Gymnastics on Twitter, Simone Biles on Twitter and Morgan Hurd on Instagram.



American Golfers Aim For A 2019 Majors Sweep At The British Open
Brooks Koepka plays a shot during a practice round at the British Open Championship on July 17, 2019 in Portrush, U.K.

 

The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, is returning to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.

If an American golfer wins the tournament, it would complete a sweep of golf’s four major championships this year. Tiger Woods won the Masters, Brooks Koepka the PGA Championship and Gary Woodland the U.S. Open.

Of the last 10 majors, the 2018 Open was the only tournament not won by an American.

In addition to the significance of a major tournament, the Open also is coming at a time when the march toward the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is less than a year out. Four Americans made the field for the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and four Americans are among the top six in the Olympic Golf Rankings entering this week’s play: No. 1 Koepka, No. 2 Dustin Johnson, No. 5 Woods and No. 6 Bryson DeChambeau. As many as four golfers from one country can qualify for the Olympics if all are ranked in the top 15 at the end of the Olympic qualifying period, which runs through the 2020 U.S. Open next June.

Also in the mix at the Open are 2016 Olympians Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed. Kuchar is the leader in the FexExCup standings and Fowler is No. 10.

The Open consists of four 18-hole rounds of stroke play. The final round is Sunday at Royal Portrush’s Dunluce Links, which was named after the ruins of a nearby castle.

TV: 7 a.m. ET Sunday, NBC; 1:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 4 p.m. Friday, 5 a.m., 7 a.m., 3 p.m. Saturday, 4 a.m., 7 a.m., 2 p.m. Sunday, Golf Channel

Follow along on social: The Open on Twitter, NBC Golf Channel on Twitter and Brooks Koepka on Instagram.



Triathlon -- World Triathlon Series Edmonton
Taylor Spivey, who is ranked fourth in the world, is among five American women who are in Edmonton, Alberta, this weekend for a World Triathlon Series stop. Spivey has reached the podium twice this season, including runner-up behind top-ranked Katie Zaferes in the season-opening race in Abu Dhabi. Joining Spivey in the elite women’s race on Saturday are Summer Rappaport, Chelsea Burns, Taylor Knibb and Tamara Gorman. With the World Triathlon Series’ top three ranked women taking the weekend off, including No. 1 Zaferes, Spivey will wear the No. 1 bib and four of the top five entrants are Americans. Matt McElroy, who had the first podium finish for the U.S. men in a decade earlier this season in England, is in the men’s race, along with Morgan Pearson, Seth Rider, Eli Hemming, Ben Kanute, Kevin McDowell and Robby Webster. On Sunday, the U.S. will seek its second podium finish of the season in the mixed relay. The squad will be announced after Saturday’s individual races.


Beach Volleyball -- World Tour
Kerri Walsh Jennings, a five-time Olympian, and Brooke Sweat, a 2016 Olympian, are in fourth place in the Olympic qualification rankings entering this week’s FIVB Beach Volleyball 4-star tournament in Espinho, Portugal. Joining them in the women’s tournament are the teams of Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, and Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman. Three-time Olympian Phil Dalhausser and 2016 Olympic teammate Nick Lucena are among three U.S. teams in the men’s tournament. Eight U.S. teams are in Edmonton for an FIVB 3-star tournament, including Betsi Flint and Emily Day on the women’s side and 2016 Olympian Casey Patterson and former NBA player Chase Budinger on the men’s side.


Track & Field -- Diamond League
Christian Taylor, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion, has won every triple jump competition he has entered this year. Saturday in London, Taylor, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, goes after another Diamond League victory. He is coming off a meet-record jump of 17.82 meters in Monaco. Taylor is one of 10 Americans competing in this weekend’s Diamond League stop in London. Competition in the Muller Anniversary Games will be held Saturday and Sunday. Other Americans include Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morris in women’s pole vault, and three-time Olympian and two-time medalist Brittney Reese in women’s long jump.

TV: 7 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 8:15 a.m. Saturday, 8:50 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App


Cycling -- Tour de France
Tour de France heads into a pair of intense climbing stages on Saturday and Sunday. After the race’s only time trial portion on Friday in Pau, France, riders face a 117.5-kilometer Stage 14 on Saturday and a 185-kilometer leg on Sunday that includes a 12K climb. Through 11 stages, Ben King was the highest-ranked American in 65th place, though he dropped to 103rd after Stage 12. He is riding for Team Dimension Data. Joseph Rosskopf of CCC Team was 11 spots back of King. Following Sunday’s stage, the Tour takes a day off before heading into the final six stages of the race. It finishes July 28 in Paris.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC

Webcast: 7 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday, 5:55 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App



Surfing -- Corona Open J-Bay
Four American women are battling for a World Surf League win in South Africa, where the semifinals in the Corona Open J-Bay are set to take place Friday. Second-ranked Carissa Moore takes on No. 5 Caroline Marks in one semifinal, and No. 8 Malia Manuel takes on No. 5 Lakey Peterson in the other semi. 

Marks defeated 2018 world champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia in the quarterfinals and is looking for her second win of the season. Moore has reached the final four for the fourth time this season and is positioned to take over the season lead. On the men’s side, Kolohe Andino and Sebastian Zietz reached the quarterfinals. A win by Andino would move him into first place in the men’s season standings.

Webcast: 1:30 a.m. ET Friday, worldsurfleague.com


Climbing -- World Cup
Ashima Shiraishi, who missed a podium finish by just two spots last week, is among 10 U.S. climbing athletes who are in Briancon, France, for the IFSC World Cup. Joining Shiraishi in the women’s lead competition are Kyra Condie, Brooke Raboutou, Sienna Kopf and Margo Hayes. Nathaniel Coleman, who finished 12th last week in Chamonix, France, is among five Americans in the men’s lead competition. Joining him are Jesse Grupper, Sean Bailey, Zach Galla and Drew Ruana. Lead is one of the three disciplines that will be used in climbing’s Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020.

TV: 3 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel


Badminton -- Indonesia Open
Beiwen Zhang is playing in the women’s singles tournament at the BWF World Tour Indonesia Open this week. Zhang, ranked 11th in the world, won her first-round match against Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky of Indonesia to reach the round of 16. The medal round is Sunday.


Weightlifting -- World Para Powerlifting Championships
Ashley Dyce and Antonio Martin will compete Friday in the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Dyce is in the women’s over-86 kg. weight class, and Martin is in the men’s over-107 kg. class. Friday is the final day of the individual championships.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.